* Please note: New Project Schedule *

Artist Open Call Deadline: Friday 22 May 2020


Somewhere in Ely is a project inviting local people to join a conversation about the kind of arts and activities they would like to see in the city. 

The ambition is to create 3 new pieces of temporary artwork for Ely.  Artists of all kinds (including makers, performers, writers and socially-engaged artists) are invited to respond to the Creative Brief with ideas for new work.  Up to 6 artist proposals will then be shortlisted to present their ideas to the local community.  Following a Dragon’s Den style pitch, local people will choose which will be awarded a £1800 commission.  The 3 new pieces of work created will be shared in public places in October 2020. (Please note the timeline for this project has been adjusted from the original brief).

Artist Opportunity: Please click here for details about the artist open call


Invitation to get involved:  Help choose an artist

We are looking for people who live or work in Ely and the surrounding areas to get involved.  We need your help to choose the artists who will be creating work.

You’re invited to an open meeting on Friday 22 May, 6.30 – 8.30pm at Babylon Gallery in Ely.  During the meeting up to 4 artists will be pitching their ideas for a temporary artwork to be installed or shared in Autumn 2020. The ideas might include visual arts, performance, music or interactive work.

We were going to hold an open meeting (Dragon’s Den style) in which Artists will pitch their work.  However, in light of current restrictions we now plan to ask the shortlisted Artists to create a mini video-pitch which will be shared. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions and find out more about the proposed artwork. After you’ve had chance to see the proposals and pitches you’ll be able to vote online. The 2 Artists proposals that win the public vote will then receive £1800 each to create and share their work in Ely. 

We welcome local residents of all ages and interests to get involved with the voting.  You don’t need any special experience or interest in art.  We have some great ideas from artists and would really appreciate your help in choosing the work for Ely.

Please connect with us online for updates:

Follow me on Twitter for updates here.

Follow me on Instagram here.

Find out more at Babylon Arts website here.

This project is managed by Amy Wormald in partnership with Babylon ArtsIsle of Ely Arts FestivalEly Markets and Ely College.  The project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

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